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Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:17:38 AM »
Matt Granger has proved to be nothing more than a tool.

Ah, come on, he is just filling in the "first with the news" niche.  This is the equivalent of a "breaking news" banner at the bottom tv screen.  Is the first you hear something ever very in depth?  No.  Will I buy this lens based on what he said?  No.

But it was interesting to watch. It was interesting to see some test shots, and I even found the ease at which he moved around with the lens interesting.

So, if he is a tool, he was one that served his role well.  Now lets get more in depth analysis from TDP etc and hopefully have a few early adopters pick this lens up and provide some first hand accounts of its performance.

I have to say, I am becoming more interested in this lens all the time.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:08:49 AM »
Well, I think this thread is a perfect illustration as to why not everyone is going to be happy no matter what Canon decides to do with the 5DIV.

As for me, it is pretty much the standard:
  • 24-28 MP (used)
  • a few more stops DR (less shadow/dark noise)
  • cleaner low and high ISO
  • 8-9 fps
  • Better battery for faster AF
  • All cross type AF points, with better spread
  • Improved color and tone sensitivity
  • Dual CF card slots
  • Built in intervalometer

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:51:27 AM »
Also, video with Scott Kelby they do call it a "Brand New 20.2 MP sensor..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M03hu1diCqE&feature=youtu.be

Plus...digital level...in the view finder....love that.

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:31:25 AM »
Looks like DO may have just arrived for real

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:05:56 AM »
Hi,
IF RGB + IR does not refer to metering but the image sensor,
THEN this is the most interesting camera of the last 15 years.

I think I need one.
    Yes... very interesting if mean the imaging sensor... does it mean can took IR image without mod the camera?? If so... very interesting indeed....

   Have a nice day.

Count me as another that finds this to be a very interesting feature, if it is the image sensor.

Overall, this sounds like a potentially excellent camera.  But, we should wait and see if there is new technology especially sensor tech.  You can only tell so much by a spec list.

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What?  No more?  I just made a fresh batch of popcorn....  ;) ;D

I can't say I see the low light/dark area sensors as being that disruptive to the "high end" dSLR market.  Simply put, what Canon is providing is already truly excellent for the vast majority of uses.  Will Canon lose specific niches, sure.  As an example, I shoot a little of everything.  The only time I see the issues being discuss is in my nightscapes.  Which is <1% of what I shoot.  I see the dSLR market at a point of diminishing returns.  For years there was rapid improvements from one generation to the next.  I expect that to slow now.

That said, I don't think Canon's problem is Sony/Nikon/etc.  Their problem is their top 2 dSLRs are approaching 3 yrs old that will need updating if for no other reason than people like new releases (think car models), Canon needs to update the 5D and 1D series in 2015 or 2016.  A good part of the market for the 5DIV is going to come from those that want to upgrade from the 5DIII.  I think a big part of that will be the improved sensor tech.  Granted, they'll need to frame it to sell to the masses (I can also see a few more MP, DPAF or better, and a few more FPS).  In other words, it is Canon's problem to make us want to buy more gear.  I expect them to figure something out.

BTW...lytro or some more advanced take...that could become a disruptive technology.

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Lenses / Re: I'm terrified of my EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: September 04, 2014, 08:28:23 PM »
Just use it...soon the only thing you will fear is not having it on your camera.... ;) ;D


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Canon General / Re: Another Northrup - Canon vs. Nikon
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:11:52 AM »
...cough....5DIII is a 24 MP camera body???.... :o :o ;) ???

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First off...glass half empty people have been around...forever.  They always see what they don't have rather than what they do have. 
 
The real test for Canon, though, will be the 5DIII successor.

Yep.  And...to a very large extent, the "competition" for the 5DIV isn't Nikon, but Canon's real challenge is to try to get people to upgrade from the very capable 5DIII.  I can easily see myself skipping a generation if they do not come out with something remarkable.  Granted, upgrades is only part of the market of potential buyers, but I have to think it is a significant part of the market.

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Couple of quick things:
  • The timeframe of the graph is limited and by happy coincidence, starts in 2012 that coincides with the release of the 5DIII, 1DX, D800, D800E and followed shortly by the 6D, 600D, etc.  2012 was a good year for DSLR body releases.
  • DSLRs is likely a maturing market whereas mirrorless is a relatively new market.  I am not sure the two are related.  For example, mirrorless could be growing but taking sales away from what used to be the P&S market

But, thanks for the link.  I love data.  I do wish it went back further.  That would be more telling.  If a bunch of new DSLRs are released in 2015 or 2016, I'd expect the numbers to increase again.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:12:58 AM »
400 4.0 DO IS II might be interesting, but I guess I won't like the price.

+1 I would love to have such a lens and it would be absolutely fantastic if it works well with a 1.4 TC. It would very likely be beyond my reach though, cost wise. Especially if it quickly earns a good reputation and it doesn't devalue as much as the current model.

Agreed.  If this lens is sharp (w/ w/o 1.4 TC), light and compact for ~$7k it will find itself into many kits as it would be a great lens, especially for travel. I may even find its way into my kit.

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Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:41:08 PM »
wow....I've compared sharpness between the two before, but the difference in bokeh is amazing.

Unfortunately, I don't have a spare $6,000 lying around....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: What does Sigma do next?
« on: August 16, 2014, 06:32:01 AM »
I think Tamron has already tried to answer that question, 150-600 mm.  Either with a top end zoom or a serious of primes.  Take Canon on at 400 f/5.6 OS or, even better, 500 f/5.6 OS.  Or, have Sigma update their zooms that go out to 500 mm.  They would have to beat Canon on price in the 85-135  mm range. 

Granted, I've always wanted to see a "portrait" zoom, 50-150 f/2.8.

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Another 7D to 5DIII convert here.  I don't dispute that the 7D could out resolve the 5DIII in certain circumstances.  Your second comparison with the moon is more inline with my tests than the first.  But as I was evaluating the two bodies, for me, it became more than just about resolving power.  The color, transition from the highlights and blacks, noise, etc, were what stood out to me as the primary differences.

The 7D is an amazing camera.  I shot with it for years.  I would not hesitate to recommend it.

And I make this post knowing this thread is titled "The Reach War," but I was a little surprised that no one else had yet brought up that the differences between the 5DIII and 7D (or 70D) is about more than reach and noise.

That said, I will watch reviews and comments on the 7DII.  It would be nice to have the extra reach if everything else is up to speed.  The 7DII with a 100-400L would be easier to travel with and cheaper than a 600 II.  But, I haven't shot my 7D since the early tests with the 5DIII.  Even for birds.  I prefer the shots taken from the 5DIII.  Sometimes I miss the reach, but, overall, I prefer the images.

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